Over Sand Vehicles

O.S.V. Stickers are required year-round and trails are patrolled daily

2022 O.S.V. Stickers expired June 30, 2023. 

When applying for an O.S.V. sticker, you are required to acknowledge that the O.S.V. has the required equipment inside the vehicle while driving over-sand. O.S.V. are subject to a spot-check inspection by Rangers while on the beach. Failure to comply with the Town of Orleans O.S.V. operations, rules, & regulations will result in O.S.V. violations. After three (3) violations, your sticker will be revoked for one (1) year beginning on the date of your last citation.

You are required to read, print, and store the O.S.V. and H.C.P user guides in your O.S.V. at all times. These documents have important information you are required to know before registering an O.S.V. You may print these documents below. You are also required to watch the O.S.V. and H.C.P. instructional videos prior to applying for a sticker.

By applying for an O.S.V. sticker, you acknowledge that your sticker does not guarantee you access to the over-sand trails during closures due to threatened species, inclement weather, erosion, capacity, or any closure implemented by the Town of Orleans Natural Resources Manager and/or his/her designee. Your O.S.V. sticker does not grant you access to park in the beach parking lots. The amount of time the O.S.V. trail is closed to protect threatened species varies each season, and the anticipated open date will change each season. There is no way for staff to pre-determine when O.S.V. access will re-open each season. We encourage you to sign up for updates (below) to be notified of any progression in the H.C.P.  All O.S.V. Stickers are non-transferrable and non-refundable, so please read and review all the information below before applying.

2023 Stickers went on sale online May 1, 2023.

  1. OSV Update: Nauset North (Residents)

    At this point in the season, it has become apparent that the OSV access via Callanan’s Pass will not be opening unless a significant weather event deposits a large amount of sand. Please read on for more. Read on...
  2. OSV Update: Chatham North Beach Partially Open - 8/3/23

    Beginning at 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2023, a portion of the Chatham section of Nauset Beach (aka North Beach) will open to OSV travel to all permit holders with limitations. Please read on for details. Read on...
  3. Updated Shellfish Closures - 9/20/23

    Please refer to the information linked here for updated open/closed map and regulations. Additional Info...
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